The Washington Times - September 24, 2011, 10:16PM

Among the many thoughts considered on the drive home from College Park today was just how bad Maryland’s 38-7 loss ranks among the ACC’s setbacks to non-AQ teams in the BCS era (since 1998).

(As a point of clarification, the likes of Louisville and Utah all count as non-AQs for the purposes of this exercise in the years before they joined an AQ league. Likewise, Temple doesn’t count until 2005, when it left the Big East).

SEE RELATED:


And now, the answer to that question: The last time an ACC team lost to a non-AQ school by 31 points or more was in 2004.

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT FOR ACC SCHOOL vs. NON-AQ SCHOOL, 1998-PRESENT

42: Wake Forest at Air Force, 1998 (42-0)

37: Duke vs. Louisville, 2002 (40-3)

34: Wake Forest vs. Connecticut, 2003 (51-17)
34: North Carolina vs. Louisville, 2004 (34-0)

31: Maryland vs. Temple, 2011 (38-7)

30: North Carolina at Utah, 2004 (46-16)

28: Duke vs. East Carolina, 2000 (28-0)
28: Georgia Tech vs. Utah, 2005 (38-10)

27: Boston College at Central Florida, 2011 (30-3)

25: North Carolina vs. Furman, 1999 (28-3)
25: Duke vs. Navy, 2006 (38-13)

20: N.C. State at Southern Mississippi, 2006 (37-13)
20: Virginia at Wyoming, 2007 (23-3)

Patrick Stevens